August 2017 Around Town

OKCU Adds Doctoral 
Program in Psychology

Oklahoma City University is adding a new doctoral program next spring in clinical psychology.

The program prepares students to provide psychological services in a variety of settings to address a range of client mental health needs including rural settings and with underserved populations.

The 120-hour degree program consists of four years of coursework in theory, evidence-based practice of psychology and practicum-based experiences. The program also has a full-time, yearlong predoctoral internship the fifth year. This program is designed in accordance with the accreditation guidelines set forth by the American Psychological Association.

“Students who come through our program will receive a significant amount of attention and mentoring from faculty given the low student-faculty ratio,” says Melissa Hakman, associate professor and chairperson of the department of psychology, and director of the child advocacy training program at OKCU. “While there are required courses, students will also be able to select coursework that matches their interests and allows them to prepare for their future career path.”

Students will complete required courses in three core areas: general psychology core, research core and clinical core, and they can choose from a variety of elective courses that will give them the opportunity to gain additional skills in specific areas of focus. Students will also receive applied clinical experiences through numerous practicums both in-house in the psychology training clinic as well as external sites within the community.

“Our program will provide students with skills in supervision, interdisciplinary consultation, foundational skills in mental health care administration, program prevention/evaluation and rural mental health,” Hakman says.

For more information, visit or contact Michael Harrington at or 405-208-5094.

Charleston’s to replace Legacy Grill in Lower Bricktown

Say goodbye to a legacy and hello to Charleston’s as the Hal Smith Group ends a new concept attempted in Lower Bricktown when they quickly had to end a restaurant’s affiliation with former Thunder star Kevin Durant.

Legacy Grill opened last September in the space that was previously home to KD’s. The restaurant, which drew long lines while Durant was a beloved adopted son, quickly lost its popularity when Durant shocked fans and joined the rival Golden State Warriors.

Nathan Couch, managing partner at the restaurant, confirmed the switch to one of the most popular of the Hal Smith restaurant concepts will open at 224 Johnny Bench Drive along the Bricktown Canal by September.

“We had so many requests for a Charleston’s downtown,” Couch says. “We already had a location. With the popularity of that brand, we thought we’d go with the summer to make the change. We’re trying to change as fast as possible because we have so many guests who already come down for Legacy Grill.”

Couch says the change this summer will be extensive.

“It will be a total renovation, and it will have a complete Charleston’s feel to it, but urban, like our Mahogany steakhouse is downtown,” Couch says. “It will have the feel of an urban environment while retaining the Charleston’s nostalgia.”

Citywide Vote Set for September 12 on Proposed Bond Program and Sales Tax Initiatives

The Oklahoma City Council voted to call a special election September 12 for voters to consider investing more than $1.2 billion in critical infrastructure like streets and sidewalks, including an annual $26 million boost for public safety and other day-to-day operations.

The council approved three proposals to present to voters:

  • A 10-year, $967 million bond package to invest in streets, police and fire facilities, parks and other basic needs. The bond package would succeed the almost-complete 2007 bond program.
  • A temporary, 27-month continuation of the expiring MAPS 3 penny sales tax to fund $240 million for street resurfacing, streetscapes, trails, sidewalks and bicycle infrastructure.
  • A permanent ¼ cent sales tax to fund $26 million annually in police services, fire protection and other critical services.

The proposals will be presented on the ballot separately: One item for the ¼ cent permanent sales tax, one item for the temporary penny sales tax and one item for each of the bond projects.